BREAKING: John Healey retains Wentworth and Dearne seat for Labour

General Election Count 2015, Magna Science Centre Rotherham, John Healey is returned as thr Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne Picture Dean Atkins
General Election Count 2015, Magna Science Centre Rotherham, John Healey is returned as thr Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne Picture Dean Atkins
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John Healey has retained his seat in Wentworth and Dearne for Labour, it has been confirmed.

The MP had a 13,920 majority in the 2010 election and held off the challenge of UKIP’s Mike Hookem at this year’s vote.

Mr Healey polled 24,571 votes, ahead of Mr Hookem with 10,733. Conservative Michael Naughton was third with 6,441, ahead of Liberal Democrat Edwin Simpson with 1,135 and English Democrat Alan England with 309.

Mr Healey – who saw is majority fall by less than 100 to 13,838 – the result was ‘a vote of confidence for Labour values’.

He said: “This is a vote of confidence in Labour and our values of community, equality and solidarity.

“It is quite clear tonight that over the next year we are going to have to fight against a new Conservative government and locally against UKIP.”

Turnout was 58.35 per cent.

See The Star’s live blog for updates from reporter Chris Burn, who is at the count tonight.

More to follow.